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Church to host family fun evening

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Members of the Lincolnton Church of God hope to save souls with free food, horseshoes and live music. “Everything is free,” said Eric Griffin, youth and Christian education director at the church. “It’s just a time of fun and fellowship.” The church will host Family Fun Day this Saturday from…

This old house

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Built in 1884, the home of Homer and Shirley Smith has gone through its share of changes over the years. The one thing that has remained the same, however, is its social atmosphere and open door policy. “It’s like everybody’s home,” said Homer. “It’s a welcome sight.” Homer has lived…

Non-profit uses horsing around for therapeutic health

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At-risk youth can shut out teachers, parents and principals, but there’s one thing that’s impossible to ignore. “You get them in an arena with a horse and there’s no way they do not engage,” said Vicki Robinson, an equine-assisted therapist. “They have met their match.” Shepherd Inc., a non-profit that…

Mind reading magic

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Indiana John and the Headpiece of Ra

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After tirelessly searching yard sales, one Indiana Jones fan made the ultimate find. There in protective packaging was the Headpiece of Ra, a key prop in the Indiana Jones’ movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” “I knew right away,” said John Warlick, Lincolnton’s biggest Indiana Jones fan. “I was overtaken…

West Lincoln tractor repairman uses a lifetime of knowledge

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For much of his adult life, 86-year old, Everette Wise has made tractors, engines and mechanical dilemmas his life and he doesn’t have any plans of stopping soon. “I rebuild, restore and tune them up,” Wise said. “I do anything that needs to be done. I’ve been on my own…

Winning big in Kiddy Kountry

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Although a number of five-star daycare facilities received honors at the “State of the Young Child Recognition Ceremony,” one three-star facility also shined bright. The ceremony was held in Gaston County Wednesday night and Vale’s Kiddy Kountry Child Care received two awards. The center improved from one to three stars…

Protest art up another year

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Mannequins splattered with red paint and protest signs spouting “Go faster!” have lined a stretch of N.C. 18 for nearly a year. According to the owner, the art is here to stay. “I was going to take them down because there had not been a wreck since July 8,” said…

Kids get crafty

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Coming up with crafty ways to have fun will be the focus of a program at the North Brook Community Center this summer. The Kids’ Summer Craft Days program, sponsored by Lincolnton-Lincoln County Parks and Recreation, will take place on three Fridays. Sessions will be held on July 8 and…

After Iraq, soldier values little things

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When stationed in Iraq, Anthony Queen often found himself surrounded by children. A crowd would follow him and his fellow soldiers on their daily tasks yelling “Mister! Mister! Candy!” “All the kids wanted candy, sweets, anything you could give – pens, pencils,” said Queen. “As long as it came from…